Grain Barge


Every Thursday night (and sometimes on other days) we showcase quality live music from established and up-and-coming acts.

Doors open at 8pm.
Most nights, free entry.

"...Grain Barge is hot on Thekla's heels for nailing some of those local musicians on the cusp of stardom."
Bristol 24-7

Supported by Korev"Cornish Lager With Soul"



Thursday 5th May, 8pm, Free Entry

Firewoodisland started life as a solo project for Norwegian student Stian Vedøy which, as he moved through Cardiff to Bristol, became a coming together of fellow like-minded musicians. A regional win in Norway’s Bandwagon Battle of the Bands in 2013 saw the project become a full band and their debut EP ‘ILD’ followed.
Their second EP, ‘Dome’ - set for release on 22nd April - is the next instalment of the 5 piece’s own brand of pop music. The 5 tracks are a collection of stories from different realms of the imagination, all tied together with cerebral lyrics, tight harmonies, soaring melodies and a Norwegian effortlessness.

“Sweet, wonderful, perceptive songwriting” BBC Introducing

“…they sound festival-sized, delivering uplifting anthems that would fit as comfortably on the radio as around the campfire” Q Magazine

“…they’ll be pillaging (in a good way) our playlists and camping out on our computers for the foreseeable future” Earmilk



Thursday 12th May, 8pm, Free Entry

Mama Cabasa are a 6-piece band from Bristol, who have created a fresh sound based around their shared passion for Funk, Soul, Latin/African, Rock & Blues. The music oozes raw funk and is led by powerful & soulful vocals spliced with heavily percussive beats, fresh pumping basslines, driving guitar riffs and ear popping brass sounds. We strongly encourage participation and frantic moments of dancing for this show!



Thursday 19th May, 8pm, Free Entry

The Open Secrets combine the best of modern country and old-time mountain music. Their brand of Americana will put you in mind of Ryan Adams, the Band and Gillian Welch.

"...there is a real depth and quality in their interpretation of that traditional bluegrass theme ... there were a couple of times that I found myself being reminded of David Rawlings protégés Old Crow Medicine Show (FATEA Magazine)



Thursday 26th May, 8pm, Free Entry

The White Feather Collective are a British 4 piece Surf/Psych/Rock band based in Malvern at the heart of the English countryside. The band are able to present a high energy performance, incorporating many aspects that made the late 1960s the golden era for music. The sound of band could be considered close to that of ‘The Rolling Stones’, ‘The Doors’, ‘Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac’ and perhaps ‘The Black Keys’ The White Feather Collective aims to boast an immersive, life changing live set; along with well considered recordings that take elements from an era of music where it didn’t matter what one looked like.




Thursday 2nd June, 8pm, Free Entry

One of the South West's finest blues bands. The incredible vocals of Kirris Riviere will take you back to old time greats like Muddy Waters, BB king and Buddy Guy.
Backed by some of the region's finest exponents of the blues.



Thursday 9th June, 8pm, Free Entry

Defined by Webster's dictionary as "Different from the ordinary, usual or expected", rapper Offbeat more than lives up to his name. With a style that has been described as “Mike Skinner meets Will from the Inbetweeners”, Offbeat’s trademark humour and lighthearted lyrics perfectly encapsulate the fun and upbeat energy of the Swing-inspired beats over which he raps, resulting in a truly original and feel good sound.



Thursday 16th June, 8pm, Free Entry

Megs Emrys offers a rare combination of poetic yet powerful songs which effortlessly meld Latin American sounds with her Celtic roots. And accompanied by a unique band steeped in blues and rock influences that can make you both dance and dream.

"Ed Lofstedt is one of Berkshire’s hottest singer song writers, he has a back catalogue of songs that most musicians would kill for. Sounding like a young Billy Bragg, we love him and so will you.”